AARP On Ageism: Case Study

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an open letter to AARP on ageism: Bonnie M. Cramer, Chair Board of Directors AARP 601 E Street NW Washington, DC 20049 December 9, 2008 Dear Ms. Cramer, I am requesting that your organization take a more public stand on ageism in late-night comedy stereotypes of Senior Citizens. This is no laughing matter. Comedians such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmell and Craig Ferguson would not dare use humor based on racial stereotypes against African-Americans or Latinos that are equally false, and indeed they should not do so. However, they routinely present Senior Citizens as incontinent, unable to walk without being hunched over, unable to dress as other adults, and other stereotypical characterizations that lack a factual

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